The Edmonton Oilers have signed college defender Dillon Simpson. It’s an important signing, as Simpson’s skill set (he’s a defensive sort) fits nicely with the rest of the Oilers youngsters. They can wheel, he’ll protect the house. Oiler fans should expect more of a ‘defense-first’ type as described in this recent game summary:
- Dillon Simpson’s final game for North Dakota was one for the ages. He was huge, and I’m not just talking about the two back door plays he broke up. He also blocked two shots, played a ton of minutes, and assisted on Connor Gaarder’s game-tying goal.
Simpson is a LH defender and based on his progress in the NCAA, it’ll be interesting to see how much time he spends in the minor leagues. Edmonton has drafted several college men over the years and they don’t spend a lot of time in the minors. Matt Greene (26 games), Tom Gilbert (48 games) and Jeff Petry (49 games) spent less than a season in the minors—and it’s reasonable to assume Simpson will be pushing for NHL time in the next 12 months.
I know a scout (eastern conference) who discussed the trio of Musil-Simpson-Gernat with me a year or so ago. He said Musil’s foot speed is going to impact him as a pro, Gernat’s size and speed will get him to the NHL (if he remains healthy) but his offense wasn’t so good we should expect him to be a 30-point player. He talked at length about Simpson and his development since draft day, about how impressive Simpson’s progress had been, about how well he played the game and made decisions. The kicker? I asked him about Gernat and Musil, the scout brought Simpson into the conversation.